16 Belize Capital: Belmopan English is the “official” language. More people speak Spanish.Former British Colonynow a BritishCommonwealth
17 El Salvador Capital: San Salvador Martyred civil-rights activist Archbishop Oscar Romero.Name means“The Savior”
18 Honduras Capital: Tegucigalpa Famous Honduran Americans: - Carlos Mencia (born in Honduras).- David Archuleta (Honduran mom).- America Ferrera (Honduran parents).
19 Nicaragua Capital: Managua Famous author/poet Reuben Dario Iran/Contra scandalin U.S. linked tofunding Nicaragua’sSandanistas mid 1980’s
20 Costa Rica Capital: San Jose President Oscar Arias Sanchez won Nobel Peace Prize in 1987Beautiful rainforests andEco-tourism.
21 Panama Capital: Panama City Panama Canal links Atlantic and Pacific U.S. invaded in 1989 to capture Manuel NoriegaBaseball H.O.F. Rod Carew
22 Cuba Capital: Havana World famous for their cigars. Communist dictator Fidel Castro has been in power since Currently his brother Raul is the “official” head of state.FidelRaul
23 Capital: Santo Domingo Dominican RepublicCapital: Santo DomingoBaseball is most popular sport. Many MLB stars came from the Dominican Republic including: David (Big Papi) Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols.Island shares a border withFrench speaking Haiti.
24 Puerto Rico Capital: San Juan Commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Ricans are granted U.S. citizenship.One of the last Spanish colonies in the Americas. (1898)Home of Ricky Martin (Livin’ La Vida Loca)
25 North America22. The United States ??According to the 2000 census, there are 28,100,000 (that’s 28 million!!!) Spanish speakers in the United States.Recent data shows the U.S. as the 5th largest Spanish speaking country in the world.You Are Here21. Mexico
26 Mexico Capital: Mexico City Mexican cuisine mixture of European and indigenous ingredients. Authentic Mexican food differs a bit from Taco Bell.Capital of the Aztec Empire.Traditional music:Mariachi
27 Capital: Washington D.C. United StatesCapital: Washington D.C.Effects of Spanish on U.S.:Spanish speakers: Largest growing people group in US.Almost 100,000speakers in Iowaaccording to 2006US Census Bureaudata.